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Couple Survives Dramatic Plane Crash In Sunshine Coast

A couple has survived after a plane “cartwheeled end to end” in a backyard when it tried to land on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

On Sunday, a woman in her 50s was airlifted to the hospital following a light plane crash near a private airstrip in Cootharaba, near Noosa. 

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The incident occurred as her husband, in his 40s, attempted to land the recreational aircraft on the grass airstrip.

RACQ LifeFlight rescue aircrew officer Scott Reeman said: “The light plane was coming into land on a private airstrip and ended up somersaulting and crashing into a tree.”

“It clipped a palm tree in a house yard while it was airborne and then cartwheeled end-to-end across the yard and clipped another tree.”

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Mr Reeman said they were “very lucky”, as the couple could get out of the plane’s wreckage when the rescue helicopter arrived.

The woman suffered suspected neck, chest and abdominal injuries and was sent to a Sunshine Coast hospital in a stable condition.

The husband suffered minor cuts.

This incident marked the third light aircraft rescue helicopters had attended on the Sunshine Coast in many days.

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